Is it for wealth? Is it a game, a compulsion, or a curiosity?
I believe for many of us, writing is a calling. It may be a ministry to GOD Himself, a means of prayer and relating to Him. It may be a ministry to others, a bit of evangelism or theology. It may be to encourage spiritual healing or growth, for ourselves — a kind of cathartic experience — or for others. But whatever the incentive, as followers of Jesus, I believe it is a mission and a calling to write, and we can take it seriously, respecting it is a purpose given to us from Father GOD.
Don’t underestimate the importance of your scribblings
I began to keep a journal when I was 9 years old. For a decade I wrote in a diary. Years later, as an adult wrestling with family and relationship matters, I took pen to paper again. To reflect and to help me to heal from bad decisions, and then to deepen my relationship to GOD I began to write to Him rather than to myself.
But I never considered myself a writer.
Until I felt called to it.
I first began to write formally because I sensed the LORD urge me. He simply spoke into my spirit and said, “Write”. So, I began my first serious foray into writing in 2000, when I wrote a novel, which by-the-way, will probably never see the light of day. The process taught me a lot though — not least of which was, “I can do this!”
Sometimes I’ve felt it was GOD’s way of occupying me. At other times it seemed His way of giving me the opportunity to express myself… to synthesise my spiritual journey to my creativity and my desire to love; sometimes I felt it was a vehicle for warning people of the signs of our times, or to encourage their healing, or to inspire their creative imagination.
Now I believe, in it’s entirely it is a ministry. Everything leading up to this point in my spiritual life has been preparation. A platform has been built on which I am to compose and share my thoughts, and now it’s time to use this platform as a springboard into people’s lives, to prepare them for His next phase for them.
And so I write to you.
Write, write, write as you are called
If you are called to write, do it!
I can’t tell you how many folks have said to me, “You’re an author? GOD has given me a book to write…” But although I encourage them, so many do not write it. Such a pity, I think. We must not underestimate the value of our message, the importance of getting it out, and of obeying the LORD.
Don’t overestimate your importance
On the other hand, if you’re like me and many others, we people have a tendency to blow up our own sense of importance when we are doing something creative. The art can become our everything and we think we are valuable because we have something creative to offer. Instead, I urge to keep a balance. What we are inspired to create comes from GOD. That awareness will keep us humble.
Decide: Is this a hobby or a profession
How important is this writing, if we are going to do as GOD leads? The balancing act between fulfilling our call to write and investing equal time and energy towards promoting the work is essential, if people are actually to find, never mind read, the messages we feel called to write. This is a difficult issue. If GOD has called us to write, won’t He ensure the people who need it, will find it to read? I’ve not sorted this completely myself. There are billions of books out now, and the Amazon Library has so many books it could take 15 years just to stroll through the on-line shelves. We pray, but are we also called to do the practical application — the promotion — so that people can find our work? Certainly in the natural world, this is the only way forward today.
If this is something you want to apply yourself as a professional, the most important element is practice. Olympians, musicians, artists, surgeons, anyone who sees themselves as a serious persons in their work, must practice. Write and rewrite, edit, draft and redraft. That is the process to undertake when you want to create a piece of literature or an item for a paper. Letters to the newspaper editor, movie reviews, complaints and accolades to local politicians — these are purposeful reasons to write and they give you practice. Practice, practice, practice is what we all need to get better and to grow stronger in our work. Making mistakes is a part of learning, and is the way we learn best. Without practice we don’t make mistakes, so can’t make corrections, and therefore won’t improve.
What about payment
A workman is worthy of his wage. But so many who work for the Kingdom get their wages in unique ways. GOD provides, but not always in a traditional way. Yes, excellent work is worthy of payment, but whether that comes in huge book sales, or as a freelancer’s wage, or as something else entirely I don’t know. What is more important, I believe, is to create an excellent product. The rest should take care of itself.
So, are you a writer? And if so, how do you know? Are you a professional or do you dabble?
It’d be great to hear from others:
When did you start writing for yourself? For an audience? Is there a difference to you?
What do you feel most naturally inclined to write: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry or…..?
What goals have you created for yourself: short term, medium term, long term?
What goals have to already satisfied?
Do you think you’ll ever stop writing? What would provoke you?
Have you written that book that GOD has placed on your heart? If not, what holds you back?
What is your GOD-given purpose for your writing?
How about creating your own Mission Statement…….
Sarah Tun is an author, developmental editor, ghostwriter as well as a professional voice for voice overs and narrations.
© 2020 Sarah Tun
Starting creative writing at age 8, and journal stream of conscious at age 9, followed by letter writing at age 14, Sarah’s always valued creative writing as a way to process her thoughts and share with others. Her call as a Watchman overlaps her mission to inspire others through the written word.